I'm going through a phase in my career where I feel like code quality is often misunderstood and most things that people energetically debate just really don't matter at all.

Code reviews have devolved into "can I read your code and does it look like you basically did what you were supposed to".

And so my question to everyone is, have you gone through this programming malaise where nothing seems to matter anymore, and how did you cope with it?

And I want to stress, I do still care about quality and maintainability. I try to use a null-safe approach to avoid runtime errors. I write referentially transparent code. I write tests where they are appropriate. I ensure that my classes have clean, easy to use interfaces.

I'm not a monster.

But when it comes to most stuff people argue about these days, I really just don't care.


I don't care if you use angular or react.

I don't care if you write tests for everything or not.

I don't care if you're following agile to the letter, because you're almost certainly not and everyone does it differently anyway.

I don't care if you are using rebase or not for your git merges.

I don't care if your commit messages are beautiful or not, just include the ticket number so I can look it up.

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I just care that stuff basically works and people are happy.

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